The Comfort Inn and
Suites property owners on the northeast cloverleaf of Interstate 94 and U.S.
20 in Porter is seeking to subdivide the property in two lots in order to
sell the land.
The Porter Advisory
Plan Commission voted 7-0 in favor of subdividing at a preliminary hearing
during its meeting on Wednesday.
property owner Yashamar Inc., Mark Landstrom of Landmark Engineering LLC
said the plan is to split the current 5.6-acre parcel in half. The west half
would have the hotel and the other half would contain the unbuildable
When the site’s
planned unit development (PUD) was approved for the site years ago, Yashamar
had planned to put the hotel where the wetlands are and a gas station and
restaurant were going to be on the west end, closer to the intersection.
However, the wetlands are not suitable for development and the company
decided to only build the hotel where it could.
The only real
purpose for the wetland parcel would be for financing, Landstrom said.
Town Planner Jim
Mandon said he favored the subdivision plans as it is a routine
“administerial” process. “It straightens out the initial PUD requirements
for the land uses of what has actually been built,” he told the Commission.
There was also a
preliminary hearing for a PUD amendment. Town Director of Development
Michael Barry said the three reasons for the amendment is splitting the lot,
having the hotel in a different spot and removing the gas station and
The public hearing
for the subdivision approval was opened at the meeting and will be continued
until next month. Board attorney Laura Frost said it would be more logical
to have the PUD amended first since it would drive the subdivision plan in
terms of number of lots.
She advised that
continuing the hearing for the subdivision to next month would save the
petitioner from having to renotify.
No one from the
public came to speak during the public hearing, which was continued by the